Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by David Frei

By David Frei

Booklet ISBN: 9781937049232

David Frei’s heartwarming choice of tales in regards to the treatment canine in his existence and the folks whom they contact, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei stocks together with his spouse, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of non secular care on the Ronald McDonald condo of latest York.Frei could be the such a lot recognizable face and identify within the puppy game, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the well-known ny kennel membership for which he has labored for the previous 20 years, yet his real ardour in canine is remedy work.

In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the tales of the standard miracles he’s witnessed his treatment canines practice over 1000s of journeys to their favourite locations. at the moment in his moment new release of treatment canine, Frei offers his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all of the credits for the life-altering paintings they do cheering up in poor health teenagers at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s medical institution, spending time with getting better sufferers at NewYork- Presbyterian clinic, and putting a paw within the hand of world-weary veterans on the Washington DC VA clinical Center.

Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing type is easy and sincere with a swiftness that retains the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). past the inspiring storytelling, the e-book additionally bargains functional recommendation to power remedy puppy handlers approximately the way to get a puppy qualified with a formal registry, the obligations that accompany treatment paintings, and the significance of group involvement.

Frei’s organization with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit association referred to as Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei was once the foremost founder. even supposing the association is now a separate entity from its recognized “parent,” most sensible in express winners of Westminster have usually retired from the convey ring into the area of remedy paintings, receiving Frei’s encouragement and tips. one of many beautiful moments captured within the book’s images part are photos of Rufus, the coloured Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all ultimate victors of the recognized express, spending time with youngsters on treatment visits.

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I watched the dog’s owner drag the dog onto an escalator, something that frightened (and endangered) the dog, in spite of the fact that there was an elevator within eyesight of this escalator. The “scam alert” bell went off in my mind. Whether you have a service dog, a therapy dog, or a pet, you do not take a dog onto an escalator unless you are holding him in your arms. indd 41 7/6/11 11:05:21 AM ANGEL ON A LEASH know this, he didn’t take his dog very many places, which made me think that perhaps this wasn’t a service dog who should be going everywhere with his human.

One more whistle. Teigh lay down and rolled over. Laughter all around. I was thrilled with this, and he had done it without any prompting from me. Good boy, Teigh. He stood there, wagging his little stub of a tail, soaking up the excitement. He found a scrap of food on the floor, probably something that had fallen off the tray. I’m not really supposed to encourage him to do that, but I saw that it was a piece of bread, so I pretended not to notice that he had found some contraband. Next, I directed Teigh over in front of the other boy.

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